Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience

By Mark Johnson
Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 4:32pm

Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience

Just Released, by

Logan Mehl-Laituri, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 2012

Logan Mehl-Laituri spoke to us on March 16, 2007 from the front of the National Cathedral where some 3000 of us had gathered to hear testimony before walking through the snow to the White House to protest the Iraq War, in its 5th year. He describes the evening toward the end of his testimonial tracing his crystallization of conscience and journey as a Conscientious Objector, released today, July 4th 2012, because of a confirming epiphany he had in the Cathedral that evening, before the fresco of Jesus’s Resurrection. Wandering the Church prior to the ceremony, at which he was asked to read the words of another recognized conscientious objector, Joshua Casteel, he had stumbled upon and fresco and recognized with full and final force the call to forgive one’s enemies and serve God. As with much of the book, the scene is painted vividly with characters in the fresco coming to life and being transformed into Iraqi soldiers and families. We can feel Logan’s body quake and see the tears streaming down his face.


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